The streets throughout the Valencia neighborhood Torrefiel (Spain) were festively adorned in order to welcome on the weekend of June 1st the pilgrim state of Our Lady of the Forsaken to Sts. Dionysius and Pancracius Parish, which the Servant Priests and Brothers of the Home of the Mother have been running since October when Archbishop Carlos Osoro of Valencia asked them to take charge of the parish.
As you can well imagine, after getting to talk with the Holy Father, we cannot stop giving thanks to God.
The day before Corpus Christi (which is celebrated in the Vatican on Thursday, as originally practiced), Sr. Sara Maria and Sr. Caitlin went to the rehearsal that took place at St. John Lateran, where the Corpus Christi mass was going to take place the next day.
The Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother in Móstoles (Madrid, Spain) are have been having a great time as the school year has drawn to a close. We´ve already visited Narnia twice, following in the footsteps of author C.S. Lewis, who tried to convey the Christian message with his fiction books ¨The Chronicles of Narnia¨ to a difficult audience: children and young people.
Nine days in Ecuador are nine days to flip your view of reality upside down. I decided to go on a mission trip when a friend invited me. She was a candidate of the Home of the Mother, an order of sisters and brothers I had met during my semester in Rome.
The Servant Priests and Brothers of the Home of the Mother have carried out another Eucharistic Mission. This time it was held in Valencia, Spain. It took place at Sts. Dionysius and Pancracius Parish, where a community of Servant Brothers live and work.
A group of about 20 people started off from Madrid to Fatima, where there is a Marian Shrine in Portugal, together with Fr. Henry (the ¨pastor of the flock¨) and Nicholas (a candidate in the Servant Brothers). We were very excited and we wanted to both show our love for Our Mother Mary and to receive her love as well.
On Saturday, May 19th 2012, four Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother embarked on a journey towards London, Canada where lay members of the Home of the Mother had organized a day retreat for the youth. About 20 young people, between the ages of 9-22 attended.
Every day – at 8:15 P.M. to be exact – the Servant Sisters in Brignano, Italy, open up their convent gates, which open up to the convent patio. A group of about 10 or 20 people enter through the gates. You can read the determination on their faces and observe their firm stride.
The adventures of the two tribal clans: Grey Fox and White Whale
April 9th- 15th 2012
Gather around our campfire as we tell the tale of the girls' trip up north where they refreshed their souls on a spiritual and physical journey. Each girl had a specific intention for the trip, praying and offering up their little sacrifices along the way. As both tribes lived this faith-filled excursion, they became open to the graces in order to become zealous apostles, spreading apache (peace) to everyone they encounter.
Last weekend, May 5th-6th, we had a get-together for 11 to 15-year-old girls at the Fr. Rovetta Center, where the Servant Sisters in Lumezzane, Italy live. A total of 11 girls came. We didn´t have a lot of time together, but it was intense nonetheless, and it impelled the girls to think of what it means to be a woman and to place themselves in the hands of God, ready for whatever He may want.
In Priego (Cuenca, Spain), the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother organized a hike up to the Degolla Cross on May 1st. It´s a cross that is located on the top of a mountain - one of the many found in Cuenca - in the town of Priego. There are many legends as to how the mountain got it´s name (which means ¨cutthroat¨), but the young people who joined us were excited about climbing to the top. A few of the girls in the town had been really excited about climbing up, and for months they had been asking us to take them; so we finally found a day to bring them on a hike.
Last Saturday, on April 21st, 2012, we – the community of Servant Sisters in Alcalá de Guadaira (Seville, Spain) – had a get-together for young girls and teenagers. Thankfully, Our Lady sent us a beautiful, sunny day, even though the sky had been threatening all week long, so that this time we could go to a park in Oromana, a scenic site close to the river. 42 girls showed up, despite the fact that many weren´t able to come because of their First Communion.
We are so happy for them and we are praying that Jesus gives them the grace to always stay close to Him and to continue to have the same desire – or even more – of receiving Him in the Eucharist.
On May 1st, the Home of the Mother in Lumezzane, Italy, organized a pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Springs Shrine in Caravaggio (in the Province of Bergamo, Italy). We wanted to honor St. Joseph on his feast day and to ask for Our Lady´s help in a special way on the first day of the month dedicated in her honor.
On April 25th, we the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother here in Brignano (Bergamo, Italy) opened our convent doors, welcoming people for a H.M. Family Encounter. The idea came from the adults who had participated in our Holy Week Encounter and wanted to celebrate the Easter season united to Jesus in the Eucharist.
The Home of the Mother celebrated its 8th annual Holy Week Encounter in the U.S., in Orange Springs, Florida. During the encounter, we were about 130 people altogether. For a number of them, it was their first time attending a Home of the Mother Encounter.
Once again, H.M. members got together at the Our Lady of Bethlehem Dominican Monastery (located on the outskirts of Valencia, Spain) to celebrate Holy Week together. The encounter started on Ash Wednesday afternoon with the celebration of the mass, presided by the Home of the Mother´s Founder, Fr. Rafael Alonso.
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Carl : I am converting to Catholicism partly because of Sister Clare Crockett.